Beyond the Backyard

Bok Tower in Bloom

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Lily Bloom

A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning at Bok Tower, a wonderful garden in Lake Wales, Florida.  It was architected by Frederick Law Olmstead and  dedicated by President Coolidge in 1929.  The tower itself is fun to photograph, but what attracted me was the possibility of migrant warblers.  I seem to find a lot of them on good days.  There was also a Rufous Hummingbird that visited there last year, and I was curious to see if one had returned this year.  The great thing is that even on a slow bird day, Bok Tower in bloom is gorgeous and a fun place for flower photography! The hummingbirds typically are easiest to find at the firebush near the Window By the Pond, so I headed there first.  On my way I saw several tiny birds flitting high in the treetops, but they didn’t stay still long enough for me to focus on them.  I suspect I saw my first-of-fall warblers.  The cheerful calls of hummingbirds echoed all over the place as they squabbled in mid-air.  When I got to the Window by the Pond, it took me about five seconds to find a Rufous, who seemed to enjoy […]

Beyond the Backyard

For My Mom

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Happy B-Day to my mom! Here are the hummer pictures I promised you from Bok. As you can see, our juvie Rufous is turning into a little boy. Look at the red under his throat! He continues to guard the firebushes from the other hummingbirds. I took a little video of him on one of his favorite perches. It’s amazing how active these little guys are, even when they are sitting still. Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds of other hummers nearby. Video best viewed in Safari or Firefox